MOORESVILLE, NC — When Tommy Franklin raced to the Pro Nitrous win at the most recent Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) event in Ohio, he did so by going an impressive 3.69 at 204.36 MPH in the final round.
But he also did so in weather conditions that weren’t exactly conducive to fast performances. Franklin, though, credited the work of Pat Musi Racing Engines, who continue to set the bar in the class when it comes to performance and success.
“It’s just a testament to what Pat’s doing over there,” Franklin said. “We ran that 3.69 at a density altitude of almost 4,000 feet. I had no inkling it would go that fast. It was making a ton of power. I’m really excited to see what we can do when we get killer air and really good weather for the next three races.”
WEST SALEM, OH — Facing hot-weather racing conditions all weekend long at Dragway 42, the Musi Racing team couldn’t find their footing at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) inaugural Northern Nationals in West Salem, Ohio.
Lizzy Musi suffered a close first-round loss in Pro Nitrous driving the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart. Racing Todd Fontana in the opening round, both drivers ran into trouble, but Musi couldn’t quite track him down, running 4.656-seconds at 147.40 mph to Fontana’s 4.561 at 163.22.
It proved to be a frustrating weekend for Musi, who qualified eighth with a run of 3.776 at 202.07. After three straight victories on the Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings circuit, Musi is still searching for her first victory of the 2019 PDRA season through five races. However, the team remains determined to make it happen over the final three events of the 2019 campaign.
WEST SALEM, OH — In a year filled with challenging weather conditions on the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) circuit, Lizzy Musi and the Musi Racing team will face that challenge once again, as sweltering heat is expected at this weekend’s Inaugural Northern Nationals at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio.
Pat Musi promises they won’t be holding anything back in the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart. In fact, he may turn things up even more on the Pro Nitrous car as Lizzy seeks her first win of the 2019 PDRA season.
“We’ve had some bad breaks this year, but I’m throwing the kitchen sink at it now,” Pat Musi said. “Whoever gets beside the Dart better be ready. There’s no babying around, we’re going to go for the throat now. Lizzy deserves a win and has raced well enough to get one, so we’re going to be on it now.”
MOORESVILLE, NC — Pat Musi Racing Engines continued their impressive reign over the Pro Nitrous class in the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), summed up by their customers’ dominant performances at last weekend’s PDRA Summer Nationals Ignited by Lithium Pro Batteries at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Pro Nitrous finalists Jason Harris and Tommy Franklin are both Pat Musi Racing Engines customers, and each showcased Musi power as they reached the final round in Valdosta. Harris, the defending world champion, took the win in the Boone Racing entry against Franklin in what was a challenging weekend for all competitors.
In his runner-up effort, Franklin put together a strong day in eliminations, posting a stunning 3.653 elapsed time at 207.94 MPH in the first round, a run that was the quickest of the weekend. He provided the second-best run of the event a round later with his pass of 3.685 at 207.27 MPH.
CECIL, GA — Sometimes it’s just not your weekend, which seemed to sum things up for Musi Racing at the rain-soaked Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Summer Nationals Ignited by Lithium Batteries at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Despite a strong run of 3.700-seconds at 207.18 mph in the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart, Lizzy Musi fell in a close first-round matchup in Pro Nitrous against Tommy Franklin. He went 3.653 at 207.94, which was the quickest run of a race that stretched to three days because of inclement weather.
After qualifying seventh with a 3.845 at 203.74, Musi and the rest of the field raced in more ideal conditions during eliminations on Sunday. Musi’s run would have topped anyone else during first-round action and all but one other run of eliminations, but it wasn’t enough against Franklin as she fell to sixth in points.
It also snapped her streak of three straight final round visits – counting her back-to-back wins in Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings – but Pat Musi remains confident.
Following String of Standout Performances, Musi Racing Looking for First PDRA Win of 2019 at Summer Nationals
CECIL, GA — After yet another Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings victory, Lizzy Musi and the Musi Racing team have maintained an impressive streak of final round appearances, but the talented driver has no plans on slowing down heading to this weekend’s Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Summer Nationals Ignited by Lithium Pros Batteries at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Musi took the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” Pro Nitrous 2018 Dodge Dart to the final round at the most recent PDRA event in Maryland, which gives her three straight final rounds counting the pair of No Prep Kings victories.
The only thing missing is her first PDRA win of the season, something the Musi Racing team hopes to rectify this weekend in Valdosta.
“We’ve been working on a lot of things and we feel pretty good,” Pat Musi said. “We’re trying to put it all together and get that win. It’s not make or break yet, but we need to go rounds and try to get a win. This is a big one.”
MECHANICSVILLE, MD — Lizzy Musi moved one step closer to her first Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) win of the 2019 season and continued her impressive two-week run with a final round appearance at last weekend’s PDRA North-South Shootout presented by Line-X at Maryland International Raceway.
Back in Frank Brandao’s Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” ’18 Dodge Dart, Musi again proved to be a threat in the talent-heavy PDRA Pro Nitrous class. After qualifying eighth with a 3.773 at 205.19 MPH, she went 3.747 at 206.23 MPH to open eliminations with a win over Chris Patrick.
Musi slipped past Ed Burnley a round later before turning it on in the semifinals. There, she posted low ET and top speed of the race with a 3.651 blast at 207.88 MPH, knocking off Todd Fontana’s 3.713 to reach her first PDRA final round of the season.
It was a strong finish to a remarkable two-week stretch that also included Musi’s first No Prep Kings victory. Musi became the first female to win a No Prep Kings race the weekend before, jumping in the Dodge Dart a week later and advancing to the Pro Nitrous final round.